The much anticipated Punggol Point Park recreational project was officially declared open by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on 20 November 2011. Active residents of the Pasir Ris-Punggol Constituency marked the occasion with their Seniors' Sports Day at the newly minted park. Located next to Punggol jetty, the 0.6ha Punggol Point Park comprises lily ponds, a children's playground, a viewing deck and an events plaza. It is part of the 1.2km Punggol Point Walk.
Just years ago, much of the Punggol Point coastline was inaccessible to the public. Moreover, there was no continuous connection and provision of open spaces along the waterfront for recreational purposes. Avid anglers who visited the coastline during the weekends had to make their way to various fishing spots via other roads within Punggol Town.
Now, visitors can enjoy panoramic sea views on the ship-inspired elevated viewing deck that overlooks the Straits of Johor at Punggol Point Park. City-weary residents can soak in the laidback atmosphere of the coastline or admire the tranquil calm of the giant lily ponds. Children will enjoy kicking back sand at the playground, one of a few on the island with a sand bed. Cyclists and joggers will also enjoy the use of dedicated cycling tracks and footpaths along the waterfront promenade at Punggol Point Walk.
Punggol Point Walk is one of three thematic zones of the scenic 4.9 km-long Punggol Promenade. This 1.2 km waterfront promenade and park, will anchor the planned recreational cluster at Punggol Point. The 1.3 km Riverside Walk, which anchored the growing recreational cluster at Punggol East, was the first thematic zone unveiled to the residents in March this year and is a lively and family-friendly promenade.
Built by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Punggol Promenade will link up the two recreational clusters at Punggol Point and Punggol East. The Promenade is also linked to the park connectors along Punggol Reservoir and Serangoon Reservoir, forming a continuous 17 km loop around the north-eastern part of Singapore. When fully completed, members of the public can walk, jog and cycle all the way from Riverside Walk over at Punggol East to the park at Punggol Point. Next year, the public can also look forward to the completion of the third thematic zone of the Promenade – the 2.5 km Nature Walk.
The $16.7 million Punggol Promenade project is part of the URA's Parks and Waterbodies and Identity Plans to open up the coastal areas and introduce new recreational activities and amenities for the residents to enjoy. Punggol Point was one of the four areas whose rustic coastal charms were recognised, and will be retained and enhanced further. Drawn up and exhibited in 2002, the plan was aimed to introduce new attractions that will not only enhance visitors' experiences but also preserve the unique laid-back and village-like appeal that the areas are well-known for.
Similarly, the design of all the thematic zones in the Punggol Promenade aims to retain, reinforce and enhance the existing rustic environment and natural beauty of the coastline. This latest recreational destination is a collective effort from the project team, leaders and residents from the grassroots and Constituency, the agencies from the public sector and supporters from the private sector. Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd had contributed 1000 trees that were planted along the entire length of Punggol Promenade to increase the shade and greenery along the route.
It is not just greenery that has flourished along the coastline. The very biodiversity of the area has been enhanced with the addition of various leisure destinations in the area. The Lorong Halus Wetland, the two new reservoirs and the Punggol Promenade will provide new nature areas for biodiversity to thrive. Some of the species of plants and wildlife that have appeared in increasing frequency over the past year include eagles, kingfishers and waterhens.
The Punggol Promenade is the latest in a series of improvement projects that the URA has undertaken around the island to enhance the living environment of residents. These include the Southern Ridges, the Woodlands Waterfront and the soon-to-be completed Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk.
Located in the south-west of Singapore, HortPark is truly a horticultural gem that has yet to be discovered by many. Celebrating nature in all its’ glory, HortPark is home to hundreds of different varieties of unique flora and fauna not commonly found in this region of the world. It is also a one-stop gardening hub that unites recreational, educational, research and retail activities under a large canopy in a beautiful and tranquil park setting.
Nestled in the midst of this beautiful park is a stunning new restaurant named Vineyard, the latest addition to Creative Eateries restaurants. It marries the best of nature and modern architecture with a menu of Thai, French and Italian favourites and has an extensive wine list from over a hundred vineyards. Embracing its tropical paradise surroundings, Vineyard transports you to a garden oasis like no other. Their philosophy is simple; to create engaging and memorable experiences by focusing on the fundamental purpose of dining - pure pleasure.
As a destination venue, Vineyard is designed for specific target groups in mind. Removed from bustling streets and shopping malls, it is a great place for intimate get-togethers. For busy executives who work in the nearby offices, it is an alternative dining venue away from the crowded food halls within office buildings. For the frequent park-goers, Vineyard promotes a healthy-living concept for the entire family to sit down for a wholesome meal in a gorgeous setting.
Vineyard’s flexible use of space from indoor dining to a sheltered veranda and an al fresco patio is bordered by an infinity reflecting pool and is a great venue for small to large-scale events. From cosy parties, corporate functions to garden-themed receptions, the possibilities are limitless. Showcasing a well-crafted menu attributing to the three dominant culinary divisions within the Creative Eateries group, Vineyard features the best of Thai, Italian and French cuisine. Most importantly, its menu is affordably priced and gives patrons reason to keep returning back for more.
As its name suggests, Vineyard is also home to more than a hundred new and old world wine labels that have been carefully selected to provide an unparalleled wine-drinking experience that hinges upon variety and affordability. For young wine drinkers, their prices begin at $39 a bottle and will have you initiated to the pleasures of wine appreciation. Wine connoisseurs will also be pleased by the depth of variety of their wine list. Working closely with their partners, Vineyard will also present exclusive weekend wine tasting sessions to educate and engage their guests in the pleasures of wine appreciation.
With a healthy-living concept in mind, Vineyard has specially cultivated a fine selection of refreshing energy boosters and lassis to rejuvenate the senses of weary executives and for families who have taken their relaxing walks along the Park Connector. Vineyard also has a dedicated Kids’ Corner on the weekends to cater to our younger guests. Featuring a medley of fun-filled children’s activities such as a bouncy castle, balloon sculpting, kids’ bowling and an archery lane, Vineyard is definitely a venue that keeps all members of the family in mind.
To enable people to have more leisure time amongst greenery and nature, the National Parks Board is adding on to its existing 110 km of Park Connectors Network – an island-wide network of linear open spaces around major residential areas that links parks and nature sites in Singapore.
The new 63 km route is currently in the midst of construction, and locals will be able to enjoy afternoons of cycling, walking or jogging along a hefty 300 km of green corridors around the island when it is completed in 2015. No matter where you live in Singapore, you can begin your outdoor walks or cycling trips at a Park Connector in your area.
Some existing Park Connectors that you can consider as starting points for your activities include the Bedok Park Connector in the east, the Sembawang Park Connector in the north, the Kallang Park Connector in the south, and the Bukit Batok East Park Connector in the west of Singapore.
The Water Edge is located directly opposite Dakota MRT station making accessibility easy and convenient. Also in close proximity is the Geylang Park Connector, extending from Tanjong Rhu Promenade to Geylang Lor 40. Exhilarating facilities such as a public 4m wide cycling and jogging track, shelters, and fitness corners along the park connector are on hand.
Upon completion, The Water Edge will benefit immensely from the Geylang River revitalization programme through the Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters scheme. Signature Songket style landscape designs and rain gardens showcasing breath-taking water sculptures will provide a play feature for children and bring residents closer to the enchantment of water living.
The Water Edge boasts 98 studio apartments. Built on Freehold land, it is the ultimate home that complements a city edge lifestyle and a truly valuable asset for many years to come. At this develoment, you can enjoy total serenity with inspiring views of the riverbank.
The lustrous and chic architecture of The Water Edge evokes modernity to the maximum - making it a worthy and attractive investment. In this impeccable home with heavenly delights, you can entertain yourself and friend at the BBQ area or enjoy the outdoor exercise zones, where lush landscapes and high ceilings are prevalent. Uncompromised quality and contemporary finishes define this stunning property, where form and function exist in harmony.